A non-profit organization founded by students from SMU called the Detente Collective is supporting and giving back to the community through different initiatives according to a Dallas Morning News article from August 16 which reports,
“For SMU students Reagan McGinnis, Sam Westfall, and RaSun Kazadi, giving back and encouraging community involvement from their peers is a pressing, fundamental need. Which is exactly why they created the nonprofit organization The Detente Collective in January 2021. With a shared sense of purpose and a desire to help those in need, the students are striving to mend the general disconnect between the SMU campus and the greater Dallas community — through service.
As an umbrella organization, The Detente Collective has a wide-reaching range of initiatives that it supports, including women’s and children’s health and wellness, domestic violence victim support, food insecurity, homelessness, and disparities in education. It also works to implement aid in these areas while staying true to its mission: “to give communities what they need to foster positive social, educational, economic and personal growth.”
A lot of people expressed their praise and support for the team of students through comments and even shared posts of an FWD-DFW Facebook post from August 19. One commented,
“Way to go. Bravo!”
One shared his admiration for the initiative,
“This is what greatness in Americans looks like.”
While the collective offers a wide range of initiatives such as donation drives, community concerts, and outreach around Dallas, their primary source of funding is from the sale of their merchandise, which the students themselves design and produce and which can be purchased here.